Carlson Says All States Should Emulate Iowa’s Election Practices


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Former Fox News star Tucker Carlson dropped a monologue on the X platform shortly after former President Donald Trump’s historic caucus victory in Iowa, saying, in part, that the rest of the country should mimic the way the Hawkeye State conducted the election.

“At some point, it will be interesting to discover why a certain type of person fears Donald Trump to the point of hysteria. There’s an awful lot going on, more than we publicly acknowledge,” Carlson began.

“What would happen if we held an election the way that Americans used to do it just a few years ago?” Carlson asked. “We should try that sometime.”

“Here’s how it would work,” Carlson continued. “Everyone would vote on the same day, in person. You would show up and present an ID, just like you do at the airport or the liquor store.”

He further explained that voters would mark their preferred choice out of the candidates running “on a piece of paper.”

“You do it manually; there would be no electronic voting machines,” Carlson added. “There would be no drop boxes or absentee ballots. The poll workers would probably be people that you recognize from your own ZIP code. They’d be your neighbors. They would not be employees of Mark Zuckerberg from California.”


Individuals would be able to “choose” the names on the ballot, Carlson went on, adding, “Judges wouldn’t be allowed to tell you who you can vote for and who you can’t vote for. You’d get to decide.”

“And then, once you’ve voted, nobody could order a stop to the vote counting. That would be illegal,” Carlson explained. “So, you would know the results of the election in just a few hours, and you would feel pretty confident that they were pretty real. That’s how we used to do it in this country. What would happen if we tried it again?”

Later, Carlson noted that such a “retro”-feeling election led to a landslide victory by the former president.

“Trump won the Iowa caucus by more than 30 points, which is more than double the previous record… Last night was not close. It was a shocking blowout. Trump did to Iowa what the Vikings once did to the Irish coast. Only smoldering huts remained. Chris Wallace looked like he was going to be sick,” he quipped.

“Donald Trump won decisively. At this point, it’s hard to see how he’s not the Republican nominee. He didn’t just win last night. He triumphed overwhelmingly, by a historic margin,” Carlson said, though he did speculate how Trump could eventually be stopped — and not in a legitimate way.

“[Nikki] Haley can only become the Republican nominee if primary voters have no one else to vote for. The plan works like this: Ron DeSantis drops out after losing a few contests in a row, he simply uns out of money and has to head back to Florida,” he said.

“At that point, liberal donors swing as a bloc to Nikki Haley, giving her bottomless resources. That is already happening right now. And then, critically, Donald Trump goes to jail. That could happen, too, to be honest. At that point, bam, Nikki Haley wins the Republican nomination by default,” he said.


Trump won nearly 52 percent of the vote on Monday, followed by DeSantis with about 22 percent and Haley at 19 percent. Following the context, business entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson both suspended their campaigns.

Ramaswamy immediately endorsed Trump, but so far, Hutchinson has not done so.


President Joe Biden also acknowledged Trump’s victory, then added a now-typical Democratic scare tactic talking point.

“Looks like Donald Trump just won Iowa. He’s the clear frontrunner on the other side at this point,” he said. “But here’s the thing: this election was always going to be you and me vs. extreme MAGA Republicans. It was true yesterday and it’ll be true tomorrow.”

Republican consultants have advised Trump to hit Biden on his record — high inflation, high interest rates, the invasion along the southern border, and sky-high housing costs — and question why he won’t talk about it on the campaign trail.


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